Annual Celebration & Fundraiser


Fifth Annual Celebration and Fundraiser Event Friday, October 16th 2020

With speakers Erica Smiley, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and honoring our 2020 Awardees Carmen Amavisca, ALMAS, and H-PEACE

Missed the event? WATCH IT HERE! 


Fourth Annual Celebration and Fundraiser Event Saturday, June 29th 2019

Join us in honoring NBJWJ co-Founder Martin J Bennett 

Please join us in celebrating and honoring the work of Marty Bennett as he retires from the organization he co-founded, North Bay Jobs with Justice. The breadth of Marty's contribution to the labor movement, to the worker's rights struggles, and to the passage of several important bills and campaigns around the North Bay cannot be covered in just one-night event. But we will certainly try! 

We hope you'll come give Marty a proper send-off, hear from an array of speakers from state elected representatives, workers, community and help ensure the work Marty started can continue on. And don't forget your cash for our raffle prizes! 

Doors open at 5:30 for light refreshments and free beer and wine. Dinner will be served. This event is ADA accessible, Spanish translation available, this is a family-friendly event. All are welcome. 



Email [email protected] to sponsor! 



Martin Bennett is Instructor Emeritus of American History at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) in Sonoma County California where he has taught for twenty-five years.

He is Co-Chair of North Bay Jobs with Justice, a community-labor coalition of 20 unions and community based organizations, affiliated with the national Jobs with Justice network. He is also a Research and Policy Analyst for UNITE HERE 2850, a union representing restaurant, hotel, gaming, and food service workers in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is one of the founders of the North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP), a faith-based community-organizing project in Sonoma County affiliated with the Gamaliel Foundation, and he served on the NBOP Leadership Council.

He is also past president of the SRJC/California Federation of Teachers Local 1946 and was a board member of Sonoma County Conservation Action. He writes regularly about labor and civil rights issues for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Sonoma Gazette, Beyond the Chron, California Progress Report and other print and online publications.

In 2006 the SRJC Faculty Senate honored him for “Outstanding Contributions and Professional Achievements.” In 2012 the SRJC Classified Senate named him the “Outstanding Faculty of the Year.” In addition, he has received numerous awards for his leadership in the labor, environmental, and civil rights movements. In 2005, the California State Assembly honored him for his civic activism and community service and the North Bay Labor Council (AFL-CIO) presented him the “Harry Bridges Labor Leadership Achievement Award.” In 2015, he was honored as the “Sonoma County Democrat of the Year” by the Sonoma County Democratic Party and in 2016, the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County presented him their annual “Peace and Justice Award.” In 2017, the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute on Citizenship and Democracy at Jackson State University honored him with the “Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Award” as one of the founders of the Institute in 1997.


Third Annual "Connecting Labor & Community" Celebration and Fundraising Event September 7, 2018

Join us in honoring: 

  • The Santa Rosa Fair and Affordable Housing Coalition, for their incredible work on the Measure C campaign and their ability to spark a tenants rights movement
  • The Waste & Recycling Workers of Teamsters 665, for their incredible campaign to build a union under the Ratto Company and move forward a Zero Waste Coalition 
  • Community leader Sebastian Mendoza, for his leadership in forming the community group who organized over 1,500 young people to Walkout for Immigration Reform in Support of All Undocumented Immigrants this past March

Individual Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door

They can be reserved at the early-bird price by CLICKING HERE 

This event is wheelchair accessible. Email [email protected] for childcare. Se proporcionará traducción en español. 

More about Cleve Jones: 
Cleve Jones is a human rights activist, author and lecturer based out of San Francisco. Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s, mentored by pioneer LGBT activist Harvey Milk as his intern in City Hall until his assassination in 1978. He can be seen in the award-winning film Milk. Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1987, one of the world’s largest community arts projects. In 2005, Cleve Jones became the Community and Political Coordinator with UNITE HERE, where he has led LGBTQ and labor coalitions in taking on some of the toughest corporations in the hospitality industry. He has also worked to make the labor movement more inclusive of LGBTQ workers via the insertion of LGTBQ safeguards in union contracts to protect workers from discrimination. These protections can be enforced even in States and cities where no such discrimination laws exist.


Past Celebrations



Second Annual "Connecting Labor & Community" Celebration and Fundraising Event, June 9, 2017
            Keynote Speaker: Maria Elena Durazo, Text of her speech here.
            Links to photo albums on facebook: Album 1   Album 2


First Annual "Connecting Labor & Community" Celebration and Fundraising Event June 10, 2016